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The Bad Guy Is Back: Chael Sonnen Cuts Promo for ‘Battlegrounds MMA One’

Battlegrounds MMA is hosting an old-school one-night eight-man tournament this Friday at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, featuring Jesse Taylor, Cody McKenzie, and blah blah blah that part’s not really important. What’s important is that the $19.95 PPV will be commentated by semi-disgraced UFC star Chael Sonnen and pro-wrestling legend Jim Ross. The fighters might bring the steak, but brother, Sonnen and Ross will provide the sizzle.

Above, Sonnen hypes the event in his usual silver-tongued style. Below, Jim Ross commentates video games, just because it’s hilarious.

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Here’s the ‘Rocky’-Themed Pasodoble That Got Randy Couture Kicked Off ‘Dancing With the Stars’ [VIDEO]


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Randy Couture‘s brief run as a television dance-show competitor came to an end last night, as he and partner Karina Smirnoff were voted off Dancing With the Stars season 19 following a mediocre pasodoble performance on week 3. Their dance was soundtracked by “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky III. You know, because Randy’s a fighter? This is why MMA needs a more iconic song than “Face the Pain.”

Couture looked a little stiffer than he did during his alarmingly decent foxtrot on week 1, although the giant swing into jumping somersault that he pulls off at 1:09-1:17 was pretty badass. Ah well. Genius is never recognized in its own time. And now, we’ll go back to reporting on Randy Couture news that’s actually relevant.

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Videos: CagePotato Breaks Down UFC 178′s McGregor vs. Poirier and Cerrone vs. Alvarez on TYT Sports

Thanks again to TYT Sports — and the sharply-dressed Francis Maxwell — for having me on this morning to break down UFC 178. Here are the other two segments we shot, about Conor McGregor‘s hype-justifying TKO of Dustin Poirier, and Donald Cerrone‘s victorious battle against Eddie Alvarez. Short version: McGregor is the good kind of crazy, and Cerrone has gone from entertaining gunslinger to true elite in the lightweight division. Could both these men have title fights in their immediate futures?

Subscribe to TYT Sports’s YouTube channel right here, and check out our segment on Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso if you missed it earlier.

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VIDEO: CagePotato.com Appears on TYT Sports to Discuss Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso Fight at UFC 178

The classy dudes at TYT Sports were kind enough to have me on their show this morning to discuss the top three fights at UFC 178. First up, this breakdown of the main event, Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso.

I haven’t watched the video yet because I don’t like looking at my own face or hearing the sound of my own voice, but I definitely remember what we talked about. Basically, I ran down the lopsided two-round beating that Johnson gave Cariaso, why Mighty Mouse’s performance was impressive and not impressive at the same time, and why staying in the flyweight division might not be in Johnson’s best interest, career-wise.

Give it a look, and please subscribe to TYT Sports on YouTube for more UFC 178 analysis videos from yours truly, which will be posted by this evening.

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Videos: Conor McGregor’s UFC 178 Post-Fight Interview and Media Scrum, Because You Can’t Get Enough of This Guy


(Conor McGregor UFC 178 post-fight interview. “I don’t just knock them out, I pick the round.” #mysticmac / via UFC)

If Honest Dana is to be believed, Conor McGregor is the biggest star in UFC history. (Screw you, Ronda! Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!) Of course, the amount of hype and interest behind the Irish featherweight is very real. From his cocky one-liners to his impeccable attire to his flashy striking, “Notorious” is the total package. So here are a couple more videos of Conor McGregor cuttin’ promos after his big win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 178. Watch them. You know you want to.


(Short version: McGregor discusses his love for new clothes, the thumb injury that briefly made him consider pulling out of the fight, and makes a short joke about Chad Mendes. He also describes a steak in a way that will probably make you hungry. / via MMAFighting)

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Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier: Actual Full Fight Video Highlights

Remember last week when we went apeshit over MMA sites purporting to have full-fight video highlights but not actually delivering?

In case you don’t remember, loads of site posted “full fight video highlights” of the fight between Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson. The only problem was the highlights were missing the most important part: The knockout.

The highlight video above is much better. While it cuts away right before the fight is stopped, it shows just enough of Conor McGregor‘s first-round KO of Dustin Poirier for you to get the idea of how it went down.

And do you know what else is awesome? Pretty much all the other “full fight video highlights” from UFC 178 are the same. They actually show the parts you want to see. Chalk up another victory for the Potato Nation. It seems our irreverence is finally starting to make a difference in the world of MMA SEO clickbaiting.

Watch the other highlights after the jump, and be sure to enjoy your 40-seconds of violence and anodyne commentary!

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Behold: The Most Awkward Cat Zingano Interview of All Time

The 2014 Potato Award for “Most Awkward Interview” has been clinched, folks. An aspiring (read: totally untrained and unqualified) MMA journalist named Paulie G interviewed Cat Zingano at the UFC 178 media day yesterday, and came away with the anti-masterpiece of cringeyness you see above. My God, it is so awful. Some highlights.

- “Are you nice and relaxed? You seem relaxed.” — Already, it’s feeling like a BangBros scene. And the title of the video places it squarely in fanboy territory to begin with.

- “You had a long layoff. You had a little taste of it, right, with the Miesha Tate fight. And now you’re back. Right? And uh, do you think Amanda Nunes’s opponents were tough, that she faced, her first two opponents, in UFC?” LMFAO!!

- Zingano officially checks out of the interview at the 0:51 mark.

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VIDEO: Jessica Penne Chokes Out Lisa Ellis on TUF 20, Episode 3


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On last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter, #13-ranked Team Melendez strawweight Lisa Ellis had the chance to avenge her Invicta FC 1 TKO loss to #4-ranked Team Pettis fighter Jessica Penne. It didn’t go so well. This time, Penne only needed a single round to lock in a rear-naked choke and secure the tap from Ellis. Video of the full fight is above.

The victory gives Team Pettis a 3-0 lead over Team Melendez going into next week’s rankings-mismatch of Carla Esparza (#1, Team Pettis) vs. Angela Hill (#16, Team Melendez). Also, remember that tease-scene of Bec Rawlings crying in episode 1? Well:

The episode begins on a somber note. Dana White comes into the locker room looking for Bec Rawlings. He takes her into a side room and gives the bad news. After a long bout with Parkinson’s disease, her stepfather passed away. Bec knew that there was a chance of this happening when she left Australia, but the news still hits her hard. Her stepfather was a big fan of her career and she laments that, “I was hoping he could hold on a little longer so he could see my UFC debut.”

Dang. Our condolences, Bec.

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GIF of the Day: Marlon Vera KO’s Enrique Briones via Upkick on ‘TUF: Latin America’


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Episode 5 of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America ended with one of the nastiest knockouts in TUF history, as Team Werdum bantamweight Marlon “Chito” Vera knocked Team Velasquez’s Enrique “Henry Bure” Briones clean out with an upkick from his guard. The timing of the shot was outstanding, as Briones was just getting to his feet; had the kick landed a quarter-second earlier, it would have been illegal. The victory was the first for the multi-national Team Werdum, who lost the season’s first four matches to Velasquez’s all-Mexican squad.

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On This Day in MMA History: Georges St-Pierre Was Not Impressed by Your Performance

Georges St-Pierre has never been what you’d call a “trash-talker.” Sure, if you push him too far, he might call you an “uneducated fool” and explain the concept of passive income in a way that suggests you are a less-evolved form of life than he is. But throughout his MMA career, St-Pierre has generally avoided personal attacks, preferring to speak from a place of logic rather than emotion

To his detractors (aka Nick Diaz fans), that makes GSP a cold-blooded space-alien, a nerd who talks like a robot. That persona was set in stone at UFC 63 — eight years ago today, on September 23rd, 2006 — when St-Pierre infamously told Matt Hughes “I’m not impressed by your performance,” following Hughes’s third-round TKO victory against BJ Penn.

Even to this day, it’s still the most famous thing that the ex-champ has ever said, and has remained a dependable punchline among MMA fans. The St-Pierre/Hughes cage confrontation was incredibly awkward in its own way — “I’m not impressed by your performance” is like something Data would say to Wesley Crusher after learning about human combat sports. And yet, it was absolutely perfect for that moment.

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